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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has a long history
of accomplishment in the public arena, and for the last decade has
made a contribution in the private sector. She is a Director at
the Rock Creek Group, an investment management company. Previously,
she had worked at Lehman Brothers.
As the State of Maryland’s first woman Lt.
Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget
and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including Economic
Development and Transportation, State Police, Public Safety and
Correction and Juvenile Justice. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor,
Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the
United States. In that role, she led the planning to put 100,000
police officers into the community and she ignited the Police Corps,
a program to give college scholarships to young people who pledge
to work as police officers for four years after graduation.
Prior to serving at the Department of Justice,
Ms. Townsend spent seven years as the founder and director of the
Maryland Student Service Alliance where she led the fight to make
Maryland the first—and only—state to make service a
She has been appointed Special Advisor at the
Department of State and is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She taught foreign
policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County and has been a visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard. In the mid-1980s, she founded the Robert
F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Ms. Townsend Chaired the Institute of Human Virology
founded by Dr. Robert Gallo, which treats over 700,000 patients
in Africa as part of the PEPFAR program. She is also Chair of the
Leadership Center for the Common Good which conducts community organizing
campaigns in low and moderate income communities.
She serves on the board of directors The Center
for American Progress, Institute for Contemplative Practice, American
Bridge and Lightbridge. Townsend is also a member of the Council
of Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. For the last
eight years she has been Vice-Chair of the Future of Science conference
held in Venice Italy and for the last four years Vice-Chair of Science
for Peace held in Milan. Previously, she served on a number of boards
including the Export-Import Bank, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS), the Wilderness Society, the Points
of Light Foundation, the National Catholic Reporter and the Institute
for Women’s Policy Research, the Baltimore Urban League and
the Brady Campaign and was Chair of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
An honors graduate of Harvard University, Ms.
Townsend received her law degree from the University of New Mexico
where she was a member of the law review. She has received fourteen
honorary degrees. A member of the bar in Maryland, Connecticut and
Massachusetts, she is also a certified broker-dealer.
Ms. Townsend’s book, Failing America’s
Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and
Lost Their Way has been published by Warner Books in March
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